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The views

If you’re lucky enough to be able to get into the observation area views of Knoxville are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Pretty tower

It's a beautiful looking tower in the middle of the city with full access during the day. You have... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.
810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
+1 865-251-6861
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an icon of the 1972 World's Fair and is the centerpiece if the World's Fair Park. Take the free ride to the observation deck, where you have a great view of Knoxville.

Thank Becky H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you’re lucky enough to be able to get into the observation area views of Knoxville are incredible it’s an odd looking creature but it is a Knoxville landmark built for the 1982 worlds fair and also featured on the Simpsons as a wig shop

Thank thetoddd
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sunsphere tower is great for family fun. during the summer you and the kids and cool off in the fountain. Just behind the fountain is a swing set for kids. The area has benches and a lush green lawn for the family picnic. Just...More

Thank mickeyMcall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a beautiful looking tower in the middle of the city with full access during the day. You have to take an elevator to 4th level. There is a nice view of Knoxville. One bad thing is, that windows are very dirty, blocking the view....More

1  Thank romanpiekosz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This left-over iconic structure from the 1982 World’s Fair can be freely accessed during the day. It is located in the World’s Fair Park, near the Convention Center. An elevator to the 4th floor takes you to the lower part of the sphere, which is...More

Thank nedtraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the elevator to the observation deck and as soon as we stepped off the alarm went off and we had to evacuate via the outside stairway. This was not fun, When we finally got to the bottom, the alarms stopped, but then a...More

1  Thank nancynj
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's a must see if you visit Knoxville as it is a big part of Knoxville. There is a viewing platform with history of the the sun sphere. Not good for those afraid of heights. Lovely views of downtown Knoxville,and it's a free. (P.S. there...More

Thank MissBehavior81
Reviewed 9 October 2018

The Sunsphere Tower is a great stop in downtown Knoxville. You get a terrific view of the city, some information about other places to visit and it's all for free! We were there on a Saturday morning. There was no wait for the elevator and...More

Thank MauraD100
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Great place to eat , not just another restaurant,great place for a special occasion or just to relax with a drink

Thank Tina M
Reviewed 6 October 2018

What a great view of the city, the elevator ride was a plus to get to the top. Go during the week when it's not busy.

Thank corpspower
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14 March 2018|
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Response from wbk215 | Reviewed this property |
I just checked the Visitor's Center website. They say that Primo Ristorante Italiano 810 Clinch Avenue Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 249-7321 is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm. I called the number... More
26 October 2015|
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Response from 533at | Reviewed this property |
Yes, to get inside it is free and the observation deck is also free. I believe there was a restaurant on one of the levels, which obviously would cost you, and you might have to pay for parking nearby to check this out, but... More
19 July 2015|
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Response from Gene H | Reviewed this property |
April through October: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. November through March: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. the Sunsphere Observation Deck, 4th Level is open to the public. It offers a 360-degree view of the original 1982 World's Fair... More